Since this would be the first time in New England for my wife and I
we were really looking forward to it. We were travelling with Phil Pan,
who grew up in Connecticut. This gave us a "local" to get us around,
and we got to spend a couple of nights in the house he grew up in.
Thursday was a travel day, from Texas to Boston. We then drove
to Connecticut, to arrive about 12:35 am. The following morning, we
drove the few minutes to Lake Compounce. We arrived around the
start of ERT and the interior ride photo op. After taking the first spin,
Sharon and I went to the bowels of the Wildcat to take a couple of
shots. Actually, she was taking photos, while I was the camera bag
bearer and creative consultant. 8-)
We proceeded back to the ride, for a couple more spins, and then
ERT ended. The group photo was about 1/2 and hour + behind
schedule, so we mingled for a while. Immediately after we were
photo'd, in the middle of the first and last turns, our little group bailed
out. We brought Stephen (I can't remember his last name) with us,
and drove up to Riverside. Between the medium sized crowd, and
the closed Riverside Cyclone, the lines were a bit, but not too much.
Double out and back wood.
This ride was a real surprise. This is in excellent condition, with
some of the smoothest track I have encountered. Not a single jolt.
It has some medium airtime, and a good double dip. While sitting
in the front, and waiting for the dispatch, we saw Don Daniels in
line. Not much time for a conversation, so we rolled away.
Its there. That makes 4. Actually, the ride is more tolerable than
my first 2, and a bit rougher than the new Serial Thriller. The ride
was using 2 trains, but not utilizing them. The dispatch interval
was so big, that one train was in the brakes waiting for the other
to begin its circuit. While waiting in line, we came across 2 more
ACErs. We spent most of the time chatting with some local GP,
who were spellbound by our tales of coastering. They even waited
at the end, to discuss opinions about the ride. Cool.
Arrow Launched Loop
Can there possibly be a more *** set of stairs at any park?
The ride is mildly rough, and is a bit more gentle than the newer
versions. I'm guessing it could be because of the train length.
Sharon decided to shop, instead of climbing the 50 foot stairs.
On a side note, the main operator, who is at the far end of the
ride, was fighting off sleep. Apparently, we were disturbing her
every time a train got to the reverse point. You should have seen
the MASSIVE yawn she was providing, when we drove away
from the parking lot. Yes, it was obvious from the road that runs
outside the park, and is probably 100-200 feet from her.
This looks like it might be an Intamin ride. Anyone?
The challenge here is to find a kid to accompany. OTOH, the
first kid we found was too tall. Be that as it may, the op let us
on, after sending her away. Wierd. Tick. (accompanied by mark
on coaster count)
Ricky's Little Twister
***s can't even ride with a kid. The sad thing, is that the guy
running it let us get seated and buckled, before telling us no.
The park is pretty, with lots of trees. They are building a new
eating establishment in front of the Black Widow, which may
not be open this any time soon. Getting from the parking lot to
the park is a bit dangerous, since you have to cross the main
public street. The one thing that was obvious throughout the
park, is that the employees don't care about anything.
After this experience, we returned to Lake Compounce
We had a good picnic of Hamburgers and Hot dogs, with
Ice Cream treats. Then, we took a double ride on the sky ride.
Nice view. We went to the opposite side of the park to check
off the other 2 coasters.
Had to borrow a kid. Much to the displeasure of a female ride op,
we succeeded. We found 2 kids to get 3 of us our check-off. The
cute little girl who rode with me and Stephen, is a coaster lover
in training. She had just ridden with her folks, and was happy to
take a few more spins. You should have seen the smile on her
face each ride.
Its there. That makes my number 12, although this is the 2nd one
I've ridden with Vekoma trains.
Then it was time to mosey a bit, until the night ERT.
A wonderful ride that is screaming for track work. The night rides
were faster than the morning ones, which helped. The ride is really
good, and the crew made it better. (see the other posting about
the crew) We had a blast.
That concludes part one
7 coasters in 2 parks on day 1.
WildWest Coaster Club & ACE Member